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180 Telecoms/Internet Industry Leaders Meet to Enhance Mobile Internet Standard As WAP Commercial Deployments Commence in Europe, U.S.

London – (15 July September 1999) – More than 180 leading technology companies from across the world are gathered here this week at the members meeting of the Wireless Application Protocol (WAP) Forum (www.wapforum.org). WAP is the de-facto global standard for providing Internet communications and advanced telephony services on digital mobile phones, pagers, personal digital assistants and other wireless terminals. WAP Forum members are meeting to advance the development of WAP technology and ensure that users of low power, low memory portable devices can securely access and instantly interact with Internet/intranet information and other forms of wireless data.

The WAP Forum joins together leaders from today’s fastest growing technology sectors – the Internet and wireless communications – including top manufacturers of mobile phones and PDAs, network operators, wireless infrastructure providers, computer and software vendors, e-commerce providers and content developers. The Forum’s charter is to bring together all companies providing solutions to the wireless industry to ensure interoperability and growth of wireless Internet-based services.

In June, the Forum released the WAP Version 1.1 specification, which is enabling the rapid commercial deployment of WAP-ready products worldwide. With WAP technology, consumer and business users of wireless devices have near anytime, anywhere access to mobile media services such as:

  • Banking, share trading and other financial transactions
  • News, sports and weather information
  • Driving directions and traffic reports
  • Air, rail and other travel schedules and the capability to book itineraries
  • Event, cinema and show schedules and the capability to purchase tickets
  • E-mail and corporate intranet access
  • Value-added wireless services such as account billing and customer care applications

"This is the most exciting time in the WAP Forum’s history," said Gregory Williams, board chairman of the WAP Forum. "The close cooperation of this organisation has culminated in a rich offering of exciting new services for all wireless consumers. It will be extremely gratifying for us all to see the fruits of our efforts come to life in the explosion of WAP product launches over the next few months. However, the road is just beginning. Our continued membership growth will allow us to improve and enhance WAP into the next millennium."

Membership Growth Rate Increases

Due in part to a new Associate Member category, more than 60 new members have joined the WAP Forum in the last three months. The new category is designed to enable content and service providers, application developers, tool vendors and non-infrastructure industry suppliers greater participation in the Forum and development of WAP. To follow is a list of companies that have recently joined the Forum (note: a full list of member companies is available on the WAP Forum Web site at www.wapforum.org):

Associate Member Companies

Full Member Companies

724 Solutions

@Motion Inc.


Aether Technologies

Akumiitti Ltd

AU-System Mobile AB

AltaWave Inc.

Baltimore Technologies

Angelica Wireless

BEA Systems

Aspiro AB

Bull CP8

Cerulean Technology, Inc.

Cap Gemini


Charles Schwab and Company Inc.

Data on Air, Inc.

CoCoNet Global Interchange GmbH

Digital Bridges Limited


Entra Data AB

Digital Mobility Ltd.

Evolving Systems, Inc.

Diversinet Corp.

Hyperwave F&E

FarEasTone Telecommunications Co., Ltd

LPG Innovations, Ltd.

Hitachi, Ltd.

Infinite Technologies

LG TeleCom, Ltd.

Information Highway

Icon Medialab International

Infowave Software, Inc.

Myalertcom, SA

Intelligent Information Incorporated

Merita Bank Plc

MAZ Mikroelektronik Anwendungszentrum Hamburg

NEC Corporation

Melody Interactive Solutions AB

Orange Communications SA

Nedcon-Network Development Consulting Plc.

Palm Computing

Novo Meridien Oy

Pioneer Corporation


Portal Software, Incorporated

PCS Innovations Inc.

Sharp Corporation

RTS Networks Finland Oy

Sun Microsystems

Sanoma-WSOY Oyj

Telecom Wireless Solutions, Inc.


Visa International Services Association

Setec Oy

WapIT Ltd.

SmartServ Online, Inc.

Wireless Knowledge

Ubiquity S.R.L.


VeriSign, Inc.


Vicinity Corporation


Virtual, Inc.


Webraska Mobile Technologies


About the WAP Forum

The WAP Forum is an industry association that has developed the de-facto world standard for wireless information and telephony services on digital mobile phones and other wireless terminals. Handset manufacturers representing 95 per cent of the world market across all technologies have committed to shipping WAP-enabled devices. Carriers representing more than 100 million subscribers worldwide have joined WAP. These commitments will put 10’s of millions of WAP-browser-enabled products in consumer hands by the end of 2000. WAP Forum membership is open to all industry participants. For further details on the Forum and its members, please visit the Forum’s Web site at www.wapforum.org. The Web site also includes a downloadable version of WAP V1.1.

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